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Retro Renovators Meghan Wilker have restored their home back to the 1960s. Wayzata, MN. July 16, 2012.

Joel Koyama, Star Tribune

Vintage vibe: In the pink

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD
  • Star Tribune
  • August 17, 2012 - 5:20 PM

Retro fans: Meghan and Jeremy Wilker.

The house: A 1956 rambler in Golden Valley. "Midcentury homes are well designed," said Jeremy. "They still work and still look good."

Vintage appeal: The couple were sold on the home's screened breezeway between the kitchen and garage that doubles as a porch, blond wood built-ins and the "Mamie Eisenhower" top-to-bottom pink bathroom.

Ultimate find: Retro console stereo with a flip-down turntable that still works. "It was sitting on the [street] corner with a "Free" sign in front of it," Jeremy said.

Passion on display: The blond bookshelves showcase Jeremy's vintage cameras and Meghan's collectible Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks.

Best buy: A vintage print of an oceanscape, found for $25 at an antique store in Iowa. The print hangs in a prime spot above the fireplace.

Past meets present: In the breezeway, Meghan mixes a new all-weather sofa with vintage vinyl chairs and chrome Formica table set with Fiestaware.

Idea central: The Wilkers are faithful readers of the magazine Atomic Ranch. "It's honest with no motivation except to show you how cool this stuff is," said Jeremy, who bought reproduction 1950s-style house numbers from an Atomic Ranch resource.

On the docket: Jeremy plans to use a Crestview Door kit to design glass inserts to create a front door in sync with the home's 1950s architecture. "The Arts and Crafts door definitely doesn't fit," he said.

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